BugzUK was started by Martin French over 20 years ago, that’s me on the right with a Goliath beetle getting up close and personal on my face. My wife Lorraine, asked me what my passion was and I realised I had a fascination for all things creepy-crawly and decided to buy some praying mantis to keep as a hobby.
In a very short time, the mantis bred and I contacted other hobbyists so as to swap and sell the hatchlings. In time my collection grew until it took over two sheds, a double garage and the back end of my house, much to the amusement and support of my wife!
Our next move in 2009 saw me build a 60 foot shed in my back garden in which to house my ever growing collection, and BugzUK.com, the website used to sell our insects, became one of the most popular invertebrate sales sites on the web.
I have,ever since, had it in my mind to set up an invertebrate zoo and finally in 2020 I took the plunge and bought five acres of land on which to build the zoo that now stands here. My hobby was definitely getting out of hand!